Current site news
Willow trees come down
The council has felled a number of willow trees on the south edge of the wood. These were becoming dangerous in high winds. Adjoining plot holders now enjoy more sunshine and air! Logs and chips are free for all.
Watch this space for further developments.
Warriston's communal leaf mould heap beside the cottage:
A fenced bay has been constructed around the leaf mould area. This is for delivered leaves and grass clippings only.
Please keep cars away from this area when possible to allow easy access.
Please do not dump any plot weeds, old potatoes or other plant refuse here.
New Warriston communal area:
Due to the strength of the weed population it has been decided to leave the black plastic in place as a weed suppressant until autumn 2018, when this area will be further developed.
Please feel free to tidy the sheets if you see them blown out of place by the wind. Find images of developments here.
As a Warriston plot holder, you can still enjoy a discount with Kings Seeds on most of their products. Contact them for details.
Please keep pathways around your plot clear and tidy:
Fences should not lean into paths and narrow their access. Plot holders, are responsible for this maintenance. The council is responsible only for maintenance of the main paths.
Edinburgh Council works PENDING at Warriston:
Trees to cut on south side. Willow trees to be cleared from woods and bog area to be developed. Wall to be repaired below communal area near cottage.
Previous events/site news
Warriston Allotments Association AGM
Our meeting at the Botanic Garden in RGBE included a great talk by mycologist Stephan Helfer who promises to visit the site next year with some tips on growing mushrooms, a good discussion about plans for Warriston and some excellent homemade cake, coffee and chat. Four new members of the committee signed up bringing our number to a very healthy fifteen. We'll be busy next year!
The 2018 Allotment Show on Sat 8 September was a great success with a larger number of entries and a good number of visitors. We'll post some pics soon.
Go to FEDAGA for further information and pics www.fedaga.org.uk.
Plotholders Survey Your ideas and thoughts on bee-keeping at Warriston, use of communal areas etc have been collated. Find a full report here in Roving Reports.
AGM (past), Sunday 15 October, 2017
Warriston Allotments Association held its Annual General Meeting at the new Botanic Cottage in the Demonstration Garden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh this year. We were the first allotment site to do so! The meeting was well attended and the committee elected. Cake was served with tea and coffee.
As well as our regular business we were pleased to welcome RGBE's Andy Crofts who gave an informative talk about organic allotment growing—his tip was simple—avoid using chemicals by keeping your plot clean and clear, feed your soil with organic material (leaf mould, plot made compost, cardboard, grass cuttings) and by savvy with your timings for planting out particularly.
Warriston plot holder in Capital Collections
A west side plot holder has been in touch about an online exhibition which includes images of Warriston. Librarian Clare Padgett says, 'Just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know about our latest online exhibition on Capital Collections which gives a wee glimpse into the love of community gardening at Warriston Allotments:
We’ve also just blogged about the exhibition here:
Edinburgh Council works at Warriston:
Walls on east and west sides rebuilt.
Trees on east/west site cut down or trimmed.
Drainage at woods cleared.
Fenced bay erected around leaf mould area.
New plot holders welcomed on site.
1. Trees cut down in centre of main plot, in several plots and at the margins.
2. Plots continue to be monitored by the council regularly and new tenants allocated to vacant plots.
3. Burst pipe fixed at east side.
1. The 'old' communal leaf mould area levelled and fenced.
2. Extension of water supply to plots 2-6.
3. Downpipe on cottage repaired.